Level One: Education Award
To encourage and recognize the efforts of local elected officials to
obtain fundamental information regarding Michigan municipalities.
Note: You will receive full EOA credit for repeating a class.
To receive the Education Award, recipients must complete 25 credits
• Advocacy 3 credits
• Conference Attendance 4 credits
• Core Courses 8 credits
• Elective Courses 10 credits
Core Courses in Municipal Government
All of the following courses are required to complete Level One: Education Award:
• Fundamentals of Financial Management 2 credits/2 hours
• Fundamentals of Leadership Roles and Responsibilities 2 credits/2 hours
• Fundamentals of the Legal Framework
of Municipalities 2 credits/2 hours
• Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning 2 credits/2 hours
These courses will be offered in a variety of evening and weekend programs at different locations throughout the state. Any questions regarding the program must be directed to the the League education staff.
Core Courses “Weekender”
All four Core Courses (see above) are required to receive the Level One: Education Award. “Weekenders” will be offered periodically to consolidate all four core courses in one weekend agenda. Weekender courses are open to all city and village and member urban township elected officials, whether or not they are participating in the Academy.
Check-in: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Core Course: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am to 8:00 am
Core Course: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Core Course: 10:00 am to Noon
Networking Lunch: Noon to 1:00 pm
Core Course: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Elective Course Topics (other approved educational topics)
A minimum of 10 credits are required for Level 1. The following are examples of possible course topics:
Human Resource Issues
Legal Issues for Municipalities
Legislative Issues/Lobbying Skills
Planning & Zoning Issues
The EOA program includes all of the regularly scheduled League programs which are listed on the League’s website (mml.org). The list of individual courses is likely to vary in response to the changing needs of local government.
These courses will be offered in a variety of three- to six-hour programs primarily during the work week, in different locations.
Elective course credits may have been accumulated by attending qualified League seminars during the four years previous to the official’s enrollment in the Academy. League education staff will confirm your attendance at past courses.
Three advocacy credits can be obtained by participating in the following legislative activities:
• Lobbying 2.0 or Lobbying 3.0 session at Capital Conference 1 credit/session
• Elected Officials Advocacy Workshop 3 credits
• Written testimony before the state/federal Legislature 2 credits
• Oral testimony before the state/federal Legislature 3 credits
• Service on a League issue committee (1 year term) 2 credits/year
• Advocacy Webinar 1 credit/hour
Credits will be given for attendance at any of the following League or NLC events:
• League Annual Convention 2 credits/day
(max. 4 credits)
• League Capital Conference 2 credits
• NLC Congress of Cities 2 credits
• NLC Congressional Cities Conference 2 credits
Subject to League approval, in cases of hardship the conference attendance requirement may be reduced to one credit, with the remaining four credits earned by attending additional elective courses.
Note: For a full-day class outside of the League, three credits will be given. For a half-day course, one credit. These can be submitted online manually.
The Education Award
Those officials who complete Level One: Education Award of the EOA will be honored with a pin and a plaque recognizing the accomplishment.
The recipient will be recognized at the appropriate League Regional Meeting or at the Annual Awards Banquet.
A special award will be presented at the League’s Annual Awards Banquet for any council or commission in which all current members have completed one or more levels of the Academy. Your community is responsible for notifying the League if this achievement is reached.